Thomas Jørgensen

Thomas Jørgensen

  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Because it requires a much smaller conspiracy. To fuck with a manual count, you need to own the polling system more or less outright. To fuck over electronic voting, well, one dedicated and skilled individual with nothing better to use...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    ,,, Or just someone clever and quite obsessive. - For example, if the payoff is the freedom of the skies, I think a fair few highschoolers would study a *lot* of math and meditative disciplines, much to the dismay of...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    ... Hmm. James Nicoll had an idea a while back (for a superhero setting) that I think would allow you to have fully understood and systematized working magic be distinguishable from science. Reformulating it a tad: Magic are those arts...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    For mechanizing agriculture, you go with ammonia, and the electrosynthesis path. Farmers have to be able to handle the stuff safely regardless, so running the tractors off it is not an issue....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    ... That comparison would hold if Ferraris got 10 times the mile per gallon of a normal car. Windmills are not marvels of engineering because they are penile extenders for the engineers designing them or the workers building them. (although,...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    That solves the crane. It does nothing for the fact that the wings of a modern turbine have blades fifty meters long made of space age composites to aeronautical tolerances, all mounted on monstrous gear boxes with self-lubricating gears taller...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Hence the "Mostly". With a global - highly developed world- effort we have gotten to the point where if you happen to be geographically blessed with an unusually good resource and means of storage, it is workable. That is not...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Hydro is the obvious starting point for any plan for cross time uplift, because, well, you could probably manage to build dams with social organization equal to the Ancient Egyptians or any of the more functional empires and a handful...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Modern Renewables are high-apex engineering. Enormous supply nets required. If you want to skip coal the most sensible path is something like "Hydro + demograpic transition early so you never have to use anything else" (Copper IUDs can be made...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Ammonia fuel cycle would be an excellent way to power electric-fan aircraft. The conversion losses and much lower importance of weight means batteries are going to win for ground transport every time, but for flying, ammonia->fuel-cell->engine is a very sensible...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Depends how bad the north korean testing team are at their jobs. Underground testing has very limited impact, as long as you do it deep enough and in proper geology. But the north korean nuke program may very well not...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    The internet has proven that a universal info-grid is extremely useful. If it gets abused too much, the result will not - in the long term - be "no network", it will be instead a network designed from the ground...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    .. Counterargument: People like the beach a whole lot, they just do not like their houses flooding. So, instead of just abandoning the coasts, because frankly, that would take a rewiring of preferences I judge to be very unlikely, we...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Eh, actual swamps probably dont have enough economic payout to be viable, but sure, you could probably just replant the catchment basin in fruit and nut trees and that would moderate runoff quite considerably. Especially if that is a priority....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Yes. But a kelp farm that is being harvested is going to have a significantly higher pH than the ocean in general - it is a localized low-CO2 region, because the kelp consume it. This is seen in the wild,...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Fifth most abundant element in the earths crust, so the answer to that is "Everywhere". Its not going to be a limiting factor - The planet would literally run out of carbon dioxide before Ca becomes a limit on shell-production....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    ...And before you ask, the money flow here is "fruit, timber, free-range woodland pork"...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Ocean fertilization is not about carbon sequestering - No natural flow of money into it there. Any effort into it with that goal necessarily runs on tax dollars and politics, and it is too unpopular a solution for that to...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Because installing new steam generators is totally a routine part of the refueling process that always needs to happen, so this is a completely representative example of the refueling process. That was sarcasm. I suggest you do some minimal fact...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Hughs point is that many, many arguments against nuclear.. and yes, that does include a couple of the ones you yourself have made in this very thread, are proven to be in error by the fact that France exists, and...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    That can be overcome - As I said, their current electricity grids are pitiful. Fixing that might not make you popular - who actually loves their electric utility? But it ought too make you respected and necessary enough that the...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    It isnt that I dont consider solar an important energy source - it clearly is going to be big. I am just tired of people gushing about it and not looking up solar insulation maps and https://www.google.dk/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjx5cbArcrUAhXhKJoKHcJ0B3MQjRwIBw&url=https%3A%2F%2Fcommons.wikimedia.org%2Fwiki%2FFile%3ASolarGIS-Solar-map-World-map-en.png&psig=AFQjCNG1NIL8gXPf4mL1dsWvG4JmEsxuVw&ust=1497977048208332 Annual clear days:...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Wikipedia for a general overview of HVDC, for data on the solar drive in Germany being a boondoogle, https://www.energy-charts.de/power.htm?source=all-sources&month=6 and compare all sources for winter months and summer months. The thing that makes that chart a disaster is the fact...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    It is not a matter of opinion. HVDC lines are in widespread use, the quoted efficiencies are very real...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    That has not been true for quite a while. High Voltage Direct Current lines can transport power with a loss of around 3.5 % per thousand kilometers. And if you have appropriate rights of way, like along a rail line...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Noone has a grid that is one nuke plant. When advocating for nuclear as a grid solution, arguing about the "baseload" suitability of a single plant is arguing in bad, or at least, in unexamined faith. Nuclear as a solution...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Aluminum smelters are a shitty load balancing customers. The deal is really tempting to them will - electricity costs are everything to alu production, but if they do, they are lying, because aluminum has a long-ass batch time, and sudden...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    .. Sigh. The way refueling actually works is that you have one crew servicing a rotation of nuke plants. This is all that crew ever does, it is their lifetime job. No extra training costs incurred, tough it is skilled...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    The entire gun-making discussion is pointless. The world is littered with rifles and ammo, and both have no meaningful expiration date if stored correctly, which means no soldier or militia member is ever going to have to make a gun....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Rain can be made. I do not here mean cloudseeding, I mean that forests cause rain. Geoengineering will be a big thing going forward, and by that I do not mean crude measures like sulfur injections into the high atmosphere,...
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